One Indian dish a day keeps the sorrow away (at least temporarily)


When “The Welcoming Organization” invited us to their NGO Camp in Traiskirchen, the TEDxVienna Bloggers did not hesitate to take the opportunity and have a close look at their daily work. Here is some food for thought from our day in Traiskirchen:

Boys playing in front of the building. The NGO's tent adjoins the fence.

Boys playing in front of the building. The NGO’s tent adjoins the fence.

Worker for the NGO "TWO Austria".

Worker for the NGO “TWO Austria”.

Getting ready.

Getting ready.

Cutting onions for the meal of the day.

Cutting onions for the meal of the day.

This is Farid from Bangladesh. He used to work in gastronomy before fleeing to Austria.

This is Farid from Bangladesh. He used to work in gastronomy before fleeing to Austria.

Adding pumpkin pieces to the soup.

Adding pumpkin pieces to the soup.

The heads of the kitchen departement.

The heads of the kitchen departement.

Indian spices.

Indian spices.

Looking good.

Looking good.

What a sweet smell!

What a sweet smell!

Last touches.

Final touches.

Prepared with love!

Prepared with love!

The kitchen crew cooks mainly Indian food.

The kitchen crew cooks mainly Indian food.

Waiting became second nature.

Waiting became second nature.

The first ingredient for sweet Indian black tea.

The first ingredient for sweet Indian black tea.

Second: sugar.

Second: sugar.

Then: cooking it with water until it foams.

Then: cooking it with water until it foams.

Passing the tea through a sieve.

Passing the tea through a sieve.

Et voilà! Delicious.

Et voilà! Delicious.

TEDxVienna @ Traiskirchen :) (to the left: Farid)

TEDxVienna @ Traiskirchen 🙂 (to the left: Farid)

Awaiting the meal eagerly.

Awaiting the meal eagerly.

Approximately 3 degrees.

Approximately 3 degrees.

The camera is catching attention.

Orange is the new black! All smiles 🙂

Who says you can not have colour?

Who says you can not have colour?

Communication is key!

Communication is key!

Eating with the refugees at Traiskirchen. Although there was a long line and we were waiting aside, they served us first. <3

Eating with the refugees at Traiskirchen. Although there was a long line and we were waiting aside, they served us first. <3

Hot tea the neighbor's tent, who only cooks vegetarian food.

Hot tea the neighbor’s tent, who cooks only vegetarian food.

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Thanks a lot to the NGO “The Welcoming Organization” for inviting us and for doing a valuable job. Also, many thanks and a high five to all the boys from the kitchen who where, despite their current situation, so kind and welcoming!

Photo credits: All images by Ece Isil Sahin

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About Ece Isil Sahin

Ece has fallen for the arts since she was 5 years old. Growing up between backstage areas and theatre cafés, she is now majoring in Theatre-, Film- and Mediastudies at the Universitiy of Vienna.

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